Hello Birders..for all of you in northern vermont who love and
appreciate the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the thousands of
birds that rest and call that place home here is your chance to help.
A large water chesnut invasion has been discovered and efforts are
being organized to remove it before it drops its seeds. Please see the
announcement below. If you think you can help please contact Lisa
Windhausen at [log in to unmask]
SEVERE WATER CHESTNUT INVASION: HELP NEEDED!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are
seeking support on Thursday, July 27th and Friday, July 28th from Federal,
State, and local agencies, volunteers, conservation organizations, and
others to control a severe, recently-discovered water chestnut invasion at
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton, Vermont. This recent
invasion threatens to severely degrade the quality of waterfowl and aquatic
species habitat and recreational uses at the Refuge. The invasion also
constitutes a broader threat in Missisquoi Bay, and must be contained.
Water chestnut is controlled by hand-pulling from a canoe (see attached
photos), so we have a special need for personnel who can bring their own
canoe. Some canoes will be provided. Participants will meet at 9am and 1pm
on Thursday the 27th, and again at 9am and 1pm on Friday the 28th, weather
permitting. We should meet at the old Missisquoi Refuge headquarters
building, 3 miles west of Swanton Village on State Route 78.
If you can participate please respond to this email indicating what time(s)
you plan to do so, and whether you can bring a canoe.
Thanks so much for your help!!
- Dave Tilton, Mark Sweeny, and Lisa Windhausen